Mid Wales

Cardigan's 'blackspot' junction reopening delay

Plans to reopen an accident blackspot in Ceredigion with safety improvements this autumn have been delayed.

The so-called Tesco junction on Cardigan bypass shut in 2003 after several crashes, and it was closed permanently by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2007.

Following a campaign there were plans to reopen the road section, with traffic lights, this autumn.

Officials said work to reopen it would be finished by early 2011.

Cardigan mayor Mair Morris claimed the closure of the junction delayed journeys and inconvenienced drivers.

An assembly government spokesman said: "The Welsh Assembly Government is still intending to commence works in the next few weeks with planned completion early in 2011.

"We have recently discussed the scheduling of the scheme with officials in Ceredigion to ensure their preferences are taken into account. Should officials in Ceredigion wish to delay the works beyond the Christmas period, they should advise us accordingly."

Ceredigion council said it was aware of the assembly government's intentions and looked "forward to a speedy resolution of this issue".

The county's AM Elin Jones said any further delays to work on the junction would be unfortunate, "given the long wait for this re-opening".

Cardigan mayor Mrs Morris said she was "dismayed" the junction would not reopen this autumn.

"We called for a roundabout instead of a junction, but we were told traffic lights would suffice," she said.

"The assembly government said the traffic lights would be installed this autumn, but now we're told it will be the new year."

Former town mayor Mark Cole said last year that a decision was taken to close the junction permanently in 2007, but a "lot of pressure" had been put on Ieuan Wyn Jones to reopen it.

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